Intel Relaxes Limit On Netbook Resolution With Sony Vaio W
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Intel had previously told Atom-using OEMs that they couldn’t use screens larger than 10 inches in netbooks, possibly in an effort to distinguish netbooks from notebooks. While that restriction will remain in place, OEMs will no longer be required to only create netbooks with a sub-1024 x 600 pixel screens.
That’s why Sony will be able to offer the Vaio W with 1366 x 768 resolution while keeping the Atom CPU. Netbooks with resolution that high had previously only used an Intel Z-series or something by ARM.
Vendors may take this opportunity to offer higher-resolution netbooks in the future.